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Law Enforcement Collects DNA Samples from Motorists to Combat Drunk Driving

by Norris Injury Lawyers | June 18th, 2013

June 18, 2013

Drinking and driving is a major problem in Alabama. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 278 motorists lost their lives due to Alabama Car Accidents caused by drunken drivers in 2011 alone.

The state has been looking into different ways to eliminate the problem, but none have proven to be extremely effective. Recently, the NHTSA advised Alabama officials to require all motorists convicted of a drunken driving offense to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars. They also advised the state to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit, but no new laws have been put into place yet. Instead, the state is conducting research to gather data about drunk drivers.

A story from Newsmax explained how two weeks ago, off-duty law enforcement officials collected samples of DNA and blood from volunteer motorists at roadblocks across the state. Officials stated the samples were anonymous and will be used to gather information about different demographics of drugged and drunken drivers.

Those who participated were given $10 for a mouth swab to collect DNA, while volunteers who offered a blood sample were given $50. The Office of Drug Control Policy supplied funding for the study.

The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyer are aware of the risks drunk drivers pose to themselves and other motorists on the road. The firm is hopeful the data collected will be effective in finding ways to keep drunk drivers off the highway.

Program Educates Teens and Parents on Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Norris Injury Lawyers | May 28th, 2013

May 28, 2013

Research from the organization Safe Home Alabama shows that as many as 250 motorists die as a result of Alabama Distracted Driving Accidents each year. To help curb this number, the government is reaching out to both parents and teenagers to tell others about the risks the behavior poses.

According to an article from Alabama Public Radio, students have been encouraged to create their own public service announcements that highlight the dangers distracted driving can cause. The goal is to educate teens about these risks before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle for the first time.

Many programs have taken these efforts one step further by asking parents to become involved in the fight. Many have called for parents to have open discussions with their teen drivers about the behavior. Furthermore, some organizations are asking parents to lead by example by putting their own phones down when driving.

Some groups are calling for a more formalized role of parents in the process of learning to drive, including meeting certain criteria before a teen can participate in the graduated license program endorsed by the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud these efforts and hope they are successful in reducing the number of young motorists who are killed and injured each year due to distracted driving.

Alabama auto accident deaths at four-year low

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 28th, 2007

December 28, 2007

Fatal Alabama auto accidents were at a four-year low with only four days left in the year, according to The Birmingham News. Gov. Bob Riley implored Alabama residents to ride home safely New Year’s Eve with a sober driver to avoid deadly auto accidents.

From the first of the year through Dec. 26, there were 758 Alabama car accident deaths, down 61 from 2006, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Over the New Year’s weekend, checkpoints and extra patrols will be set up in an attempt to keep the number of auto accidents down and ensure the safety of Alabama drivers.

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